"We gather knowledge faster than we gather wisdom." - William Bell

The Face Of A Champion

Posted: November 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration, Life | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

This is the face of a champion.
It’s not pretty.
It’s beat up.
It’s bloody, scarred and bruised.

You’re not given respect.
You have to earn it.
You earn it through the grind.
Through training.
Getting kicked.
Testing yourself.

Testing yourself against the best.
Putting yourself in situations that make you better.
Taking your beatings.
Learning from them.
Adjusting your game plan.
Trusting your experience.

Not giving a shit that you’re bloody, battered and bruised.
Because that’s what a champion looks like.
The scars are experiences.
They are reminders, stories and motivation.
And they are what made you the champ.

THE MAKINGS OF A CHAMPION
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get tickets UFC 154 in Montreal. The experience was amazing. It was raw. It was animalistic. It was poetic. Kudos to all of the fighters for being so accessible, athletic and entertaining. But the main event – the Welterweight title fight – was where the champion was made. You see, once you enter the ring, it doesn’t matter that you’ve been a champion before. That belt was taken away from you the second you stepped in the ring. And you have to earn it back.

Seeing George St-Pierre fight Carlos Condit through a full five rounds was one of my personal highlights for 2012. It was technical. It was brutal. It showed tremendous heart. It also taught me a lot about life. You have to fight to be on top. The road is never easy. You have to grind it out with hard work.

We are not infallible. As dominant as we may have been a year or two ago, things change. You have to constantly improve yourself in order and bust your ass to create your legacy.

But most of all, you have to keep moving forward. Don’t be afraid of getting kicked in the face. Scramble, get back to your feet and earn your championship.

- Christian


What Inspires Me

Posted: November 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration, Life | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a massive blank canvas. The intention was to create some home made art for myself. I wanted something for my bedroom that would inspire me each and every day. I’m a gentleman who is in love with words, so I gravitated to my favourite quotes. Out of the ones that I had scribbled down across various notebooks and scraps of paper, I found my top five quotes for consideration:

  • “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney
  • “Bad decisions make great stories.” – Unknown
  • “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” – Francis Bacon
  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand, because those are the only good things.” – Andy Warhol

I mulled over these for a couple of days, trying to figure out which one I liked the best. Which would put me in the best mood day after day? Which quotes could be applicable to the challenges that I would face that day and put them in perspective? Which ones would be applicable to work, athletics and relationships?

THE REALIZATION
It wasn’t until I was talking with my sister that I had a striking realization – none of these quotes work. Why? Because none of them were funny. Sure, they tote heavy life lessons that I should try to remember every day. They’re words that encourage taking risks, learning from your mistakes, pushing the boundaries and appreciating your experiences. But they’re not funny.

Humour inspires me. It’s the trigger that makes me happy. It puts me in my most productive mindset. Silly humour washes away worries, insecurities or concerns. It’s like a warm hug from a giant teddy bear. It makes me feel safe. It makes me feel like anything is possible. And that’s what I need to crush the day.

Some people get inspired by tragedy. Some by hope. Some by deadlines. Some people get inspired when they see all of the amazing shit that other people in the world are doing. For me, the most consistent trigger that works day after day is humour. Something silly. Something to make me smile.

Now I just have to paint this fucking thing …

- Christian